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Welcome To The World Baby Boy Varane!

17 Mar

Mon fils ❤️ 09/03/2017

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I was just wondering the other day when Camille was going to have the baby and then hopechaser alerted me that she already did! Totally missed the announcement on Instagram. The Baby and Camille welcome a little boy on March 9th. No name was mentioned.

Mazel tov to the happy family!

– Lozil

Play Like a Girl: SheBelieves, Algarve, and Cyprus Cups

10 Feb

1471474930699It’s almost March which means it is time to get ready for the Triwizard’s Cup of women’s football once more. But, not really. Over a 9-day period in March, three (3) tournaments are taking place in Cyprus, Portugal, and the USA for 28 national women’s football teams. Which is sorta like a Triwizard-esque event. But, again, not really. :^)

Cyprus Cup
Officially, the Cyprus Cup runs February 27 – March 9 though matches are taking place March 1 – 8 only. Unlike its companion tournaments, this Cup holds a group stage to determine group positions based on points followed by one day of classification matches to determine final rankings.

The twelve invited teams are split into three (3) groups. The participating teams are as follows, along with their current FIFA ranking:

Group A
Belgium, 25; Italy, 16; Korea DPR, 10; Switzerland, 17

Group B
Austria, 24 (current champions); Korea Rep, 18; New Zealand, 19; Scotland, 21

Group C
Czech Rep, 33; Rep.of Ireland, 34; Hungary, 40; Wales, 36

There are no announced broadcasts at the moment, though there was one stream available last year for the final.

4197lAlgarve Cup
Taking place March 1 – 8 in Portugal, the Algarve Cup is in its 24th year of operation. This year’s tournament should be a hotly contested one, with top EU teams gearing up for UEFA Women’s Euro 2017 in Netherlands in July.

The twelve invited teams are split into three (3) groups for a round-robin tournament with the winner determined based on the standard points systems. The participating teams are as follows, including their FIFA ranking:

Group A
Canada, 4 (current champions); Denmark, 15; Russia, 23; Portugal, 38

Group Two
Iceland, 20; Japan, 7; Norway, 11; Spain, 14

Group Three
Australia, 6; Sweden, 8; Netherlands, 12; China PR, 13

Eurosport has broadcast this tournament in the past; a search for this year’s schedule has proven fruitless thus far.

canadavencealgarvecupSheBelieves Cup
Is the unofficial slogan for this year’s SheBelieves Cup, “she persisted”? If not, it really, really should be. Timely and extremely relevant when it comes to women’s football. I highly encourage anyone able to attend any of these games to consider some signage.

Four of the top 5 FIFA-ranked teams are involved again this year: France (3), England (5), Germany (2), and the USA (1). This tournament is also a round robin, with the winner determined based on the standard points system.

Games are taking place in Chester, PA (March 1); Harrison, NJ (March 4); and Washington DC (March 7). Tickets for all the games are available through USSoccer.com.

It looks like Fox Sports will be airing the USA games only. French broadcasters D17 and Canal + Sport along with the BBC picked up all or some of the other games last year. Hopefully they will do the same this year.

160309-wnt-vs-ger-gallery21If anyone is going to any of these tournament, we’d love to hear from you! Feel free to leave a comment below or connect on Twitter @hbandsandhbreak.

-hopechaser

Data Dive with FIFPro (Male) World XI 2016

9 Feb

world-11-2016For those of you who enjoy a good data set like me, FIFPro has provided multiple breakdowns of the voting for the male player popularity contest know as the World11. And yes, the “male” adjective is necessary as I wouldn’t want anyone to think female players were included in the selection of this herd, err, group? gang? wassup homebois? the sullen and the tanned? Continue reading

Lyon’s Sexist Faux Pas

29 Jan

1485637472_481146_1485637680_noticia_normalOh…hell to the no. These were photos captured from the MEN’s Ligue One game between Olympique Lyon (OL) vs Lille on the weekend. And who quickly called them out on it? The captain of the OL women’s team and world-class defender, Wendie Renard. Continue reading

Rule Against Women

24 Jan

lucy-ward-0157Did you know it became “a rule that no women [we]re permitted to work with the first team at Leeds”? A rule. This came about following the firing of Lucy Ward, Leeds United’s Head of Education, for “dubious” reasons. What rightfully followed that action was Ward’s pursuit of an unfair dismissal and sex discrimination court case vs the club, which she won this past summer. Continue reading

Chapecoense’s Emotional Victory

23 Jan

chapecoense-21012017This past weekend Chapecoense (Associação Chapecoense de Futebol) returned to the pitch for the first time since the plane crash on November 28, 2016 which claimed the lives of 43 members of the club (19 players and 24 club members). A total of 71 people died in the crash. Continue reading

Navas named best CONCACAF goalkeeper

20 Jan

03_male_goalkeeperoftheyear_webFelicitaciones Keylor! Our lovable goalkeeper was awarded the CONCACAF 2016 Male Goalkeeper of the Year award today. Keylor was also included in the Male Best XI and finished 3rd in the voting for CONCACAF Male Player of the Year. Not too shabby. Continue reading